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AGC North Bay Championship: Moren stays steady

VALLEJO, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2009) -- The 7th annual amateurgolf.com North Bay Championship seemed to be heading for a three-way playoff until the final card of the day was recorded.

Andrew Moren, a recent graduate of Cal State Stanislaus, produced a final-round of 71, tied for the low score of the day, and ended up coming away with a two-stroke victory.

He finished at even-par 144 (73-71) in the chilly conditions that had golfers waiting until 10:15 for the frost warning to lift.

"I'd have to say I was just managing my game, managing the course," said Moren. "I stayed out of the hazards, which if you know that course is important. It came down to chipping, getting up-and-down and staying patient."

Playing in the final group with leader Matthew Hansen, who opened the tourney with a course record tying 67, Moren was able to avoid trouble en route to the victory.

"Coming in I didn't think I had a real chance at winning," said Moren, who is working on his game with an eye on turning professional. "I stayed in (Hansen's) shadow was able to catch him in the end."

He said the turning point may have came late in the round.

"It was probably on 15, the downhill par-3," said Moren. "I thought I hit just an okay shot, but I got a generous bounce up to a few inches and made birdie, that was a big boost."

Hansen, junior at Morro Bay High School who resides in Los Osos, couldn't keep up his torrid pace from Day 1, finishing in a tie for second at 2-over 146.

He was joined by Cal Berkley's Eric Mina and UCLA's Taylor Travis. Cal Poly golfer Geoff Gonzalez rounded out the top-5 at 147.

In the Net Division, Vacaville's Dave Nikitin fired an impressive net 66 to overtake Fred Luper and take the victory.

Nikitin finished at 143 to Luper's 145.

Full results from the 6,782-yard, par-72 Hiddenbrooke Golf Club follow:

  Championship        
Pos. Name City Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
1 Andrew Moren Turlock 73 71 144
T2 Eric Mina Fremont 75 71 146
T2 Matthew Hansen Los Osos 67 79 146
T2 Taylor Travis Fremont 72 74 146
5 Geoff Gonzalez Diablo 72 75 147
6 Mat Miller Pleasanton 79 70 149
7 Nicholas Brown Rocklin 74 76 150
T8 Darryl Donovan Morgan Hill 75 77 152
T8 Sean Nadir Los Altos 75 77 152
10 Reid Scarff Oroville 77 76 153
11 Alexander Schmitt Tiburon 78 76 154
T12 Kyle Paster Kentfield 81 74 155
T12 Tyler Raber El Macero 77 78 155
T14 Jerry Ledzinski Carmel 80 76 156
T14 Kevin Collignon Las Vegas 77 79 156
T14 MacKenzie Hurd San Francisco 76 80 156
T17 Bryana Gregory Roseville 79 78 157
T17 Sean Ouhyun Yoon Davis 81 76 157
T19 Cole Seeger Thousand Oaks 83 75 158
T19 Josh Stone stockton 77 81 158
T21 Andrew Damron Yountville 78 81 159
T21 David Staszko San Jose 81 78 159
T21 zach stingley south san francisco 82 77 159
T24 Eric Smith Tiburon 80 80 160
T24 Scott Lacrosse San Jose 81 79 160
T26 John Allison Pismo Beach 80 82 162
T26 Tanner Makimoto Roseville 82 80 162
T28 David Parshall San Francisco 81 82 163
T28 Jordan Sedlock Danville 83 80 163
T30 Jake Johnson Cameron Park 81 83 164
T30 Matthew Wallach Los Gatos 84 80 164
T32 Jay Wood Napa 82 84 166
T32 Justin Cecil Sunnyvale 86 80 166
34 Mike Connealy Danville 84 85 169
35 Simon Kwon Alamo 91 83 174
36 Jason Sturdevant Napa 88 92 180
T37 Randy Haag Burlingame WD WD WD
T37 Neil Summers Livermore NC NC WD
T37 Patrick Pernice Oakland NC NC WD
T37 R.C. Orr Santa Rosa 84 WD WD
 
           
  Net        
Pos Name City Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
  Dave Nikitin Vacaville 77 66 143
  Fred Luper Suisun 73 72 145
  Noel Rush Pacifica 76 75 151
  Del Hocker San Jose 76 78 154
  Chris Parker Danville 79 76 155
  Paul Alan Davis Moraga 78 77 155
  Al Richardson Santa Clara 81 78 159
  Bob Gorman San Ramon 76 84 160
  Lyle Covino san francisco 80 80 160
  Scott Carelli San Francisco 80 86 166
  Andrew Hickson Vacaville 97 77 174
  Warren Voyce San Jose 92 85 177

 

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